Brighton community pub set to open doors

The Argus: The Bevendean in 2010 The Bevendean in 2010

The country's first community owned pub on a council estate is set to open its doors after a £130,000 funding boost.
 

The Bevendean in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, was closed by police following a string of violent incidents in 2010.
 

But, after a two-year campaign to reopen the once-troubled boozer in Hillside as a place for the whole community, those behind it have revealed it has received a six-figure boost from Social Investment Business.
 

Together with more than £44,000 raised from selling shares to more than 500 people, work can now start on the revamp of the Bevy with the aim of opening in the next few months.
 

The news was announced at a Christmas party in The Lectern in Lewes Road, Brighton, on Friday night.
 

Warren Carter, one of the group’s founders, said: “It feels fantastic that we are not only playing our part in reversing pub closures but also coming up with a model of how pubs need to change if they are to survive.
 

“From the Brownies to art groups, Albion In The Community to health services, credit union to repair workshops, the range of groups saying they will use the Bevy shows that it will be so much more than just a pub.”
 

The new pub will be run as a not for profit co-operative venture.
 

Plans include creating a pub/cafe, community kitchen, play areas and vegetable garden for those living in Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Bates Estate.
 

In October, it received the Business in the Community category prize at the Argus Achievement Awards.
 

Father John Wall, of St Andrew’s Church, Moulsecoomb, said: “This grant is an amazing vote of confidence in our vision for our community.
 

“I have always said every decent neighbourhood deserves a good church and a good pub: now in Moulsecoomb we’ll have both.
 

“I can’t wait for the first pint to be pulled.”
 

Helen Jones, the group’s secretary, said: “This is fantastic news – and such a relief that all the hard work of the last two and a half years has paid off.
 

“The vision of The Bevy as a social hub for all the community from young to old and everyone in between has been our inspiration.
 

“What’s wonderful is that the Social Investment Business appreciates our vision and has been prepared to back us.”

 

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6:55am Mon 16 Dec 13

Boloney-marshal says...

Good luck with your enterprise!
Good luck with your enterprise! Boloney-marshal

9:00am Mon 16 Dec 13

Vigilia says...

What wonderful community spirit. I wish you every success in the new venture.
What wonderful community spirit. I wish you every success in the new venture. Vigilia

10:07am Mon 16 Dec 13

hey mongo says...

Love how they wrote boozer lol
Love how they wrote boozer lol hey mongo

11:25am Mon 16 Dec 13

sussexram40 says...

Will give the local dealers a new base.
Will give the local dealers a new base. sussexram40

9:43am Tue 17 Dec 13

NickBrt says...

Hope it is a success. also hope they have an effective strategy for handling trouble makers and protection racketeers.
Hope it is a success. also hope they have an effective strategy for handling trouble makers and protection racketeers. NickBrt

2:19pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Warren C says...

There will be zero tolerance on bad behaviour and drug dealing
There will be zero tolerance on bad behaviour and drug dealing Warren C

5:27pm Tue 17 Dec 13

NickBrt says...

Interesting, Warren. How does zero tolerance stop a large gang of (usually) men intent on causing mayhem like they have done in other pubs in similar areas. Rhetorical question really, I just hope it all works out.
Interesting, Warren. How does zero tolerance stop a large gang of (usually) men intent on causing mayhem like they have done in other pubs in similar areas. Rhetorical question really, I just hope it all works out. NickBrt

7:51pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Levent says...

You can dress it up and pc it as much as you want, but BOOZER + MOULESCOOMB in the same sentence is all you really need to know!!

All those scoombers thinking they're from some East End Ghetto plied with booze, what can go wrong?
You can dress it up and pc it as much as you want, but BOOZER + MOULESCOOMB in the same sentence is all you really need to know!! All those scoombers thinking they're from some East End Ghetto plied with booze, what can go wrong? Levent

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